A lovely night of fun frolic and pleasure – but wear something on your feet!
July 28-31 at Head Lake Park.
Game time? 7 PM each night!
By Terrance Gavan – Entertainment Writer
Dusk Dances is an eclectic fermentation of dream, dance and denouement.
From the opening honk-y-tonk and brash rehash of those golden oldies, Haliburton’s Jazz Kitchen got things rollin’ on the rive-err, um, Head Lake – with jazz standards, delighful rhythm, and da blues baby.
And da’ Kitchy Kitchenaires, Jimmie Three Stix, Irene Merritt, Davey Boy Brusegard, Hugh Cyclone Taylor and Graham Bowker, can all bring da’ romp, jazz and jive. Bee-bopitt y’all wit’ da canny can-can-can.
Early in the evening the Kitch quintet welcomed about 200 visitors to the event with a perpetual blend of their own soul.
And after the crowd filled Head Lake Park?
Well, Brigitte Gall- umm, wait that’s Lady Elizabeth Comena to you, please dearies – dressed in fang drag, intermingled with a soupcon of Gothic mayhem, introduced Dusk Dances 2011 to the open stage.
Open stage – as in bring your walkin’ shoes this weekend peeps.
Dusk Dances is participatory, pre-emptive and perambulating.
Swan Goose Lake, Kaha:wi, Labyrinth of Night Sweet Dream and Get on Board form the bonding edges of this quint-angle of mesmerizing one act performances.
And if Willy Bones said: All the World’s a Stage?”
And I believe he did?
Well, he was referring to the broad strokes of his own metaphorical sphere.
Dusk Dances takes that Shakesperean dogma to new heights with its flanged miasma of stage locales.
From the Kitchen to the sink as it were.
The large opening night crowd dutifully followed Lady Elizabeth Comena – an enigmatic cross between Elvira and True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse, sans any trace of virginal innocence – around as she blew her conch.
Some damaging images of Lord of the Flies here, but the horn, as it turns out served its purpose quite well.
At the end of each act, theblack-gowned goddess of the night played pied Pipe-ress and summoned the swelling throngs to each venue with grace, if not a pitch-perfect C#.
And while we are on the subject of shuffling. Remember that this is Head Lake and real geese dwell on the short grass. Geese are famous for two things. Pate and goose shit. In Haliburton? Less pate-esque and more excremental.
So fair warning dear show-goers. Wear rubber, and please no bare feet. And for gosh-goosey-gooey sakes, look down before appointing your blanket or pillow to ground.
Please let not this serve as deterrent. Rather consider that one of those sets;
Swan– Goose Lake with our very own Julie Barban directing the dance, was an absolute show-stopping riot. Beautiful irony. As apocryphal geese danced above a stage carpeted by our very real bowel-disrupted feathered neighbors.
The performers in Goose Lake? All local dancers from Barban’s dance studio and the play? Well it dutifully depicts the life-cycle of those geese families; from courting to hatching; and alas, to those triumphal trumpets through our parks and walkways.
Kudos to all the young hatchlings, the mother and father, and to all our perennial Canada Geese that festooned this stage with their own pelleted carpet. Such realism – see above – comes at a price. Wear Flippers. Perhaps. It worked for the cast!
The whole night was a dream.
Go see it.
Bring the kids.
This gets 4 thumbs up from your schizophrenic hack.
Actually Seamus was attending and he called me this morning to add his own thumbs to this delightful mix of fun and frolic.
Go please! July 28-31 at Head Lake Park. Game time? 7 PM.
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